Friday, February 17, 2017

Spider Web vs Cob Web

Have you ever thought about if there is a difference between a "spider web" and a "cob web"?  Been thinking on the topic for a few weeks and if you will bear with me will show you how they are a perfect picture of how we should handle things in life.

  • Spider Web is a device created by a spider out of proteinaceous spider silk, generally meant to catch its prey. 
  • Cob Web is an old dusty spider web.
  • "Watch for webs during your daily cleaning."  We must guard our souls with daily cleaning through prayer and the Word of God. 
  • "Webs should be removed as you see them."  This can help keep spiders from infesting your home. Removal of things that don't belong can protect our souls.  Maybe it is turning the switch to off on things we watch, or closing the cover to things we read, or not going to places we shouldn't go or leaving friends that would hinder our spirit from thriving in Christ.  
  • "Be sure to check under furniture." Some types of spiders may make webs in dark areas. We have to get alone with God and turn over the furniture in our lives sometimes and allow the Holy Spirit to bring to light and cleanse those dark areas that we think no one sees or maybe even knows about.  God knows. 
  • "Some places may
  •  be difficult to reach with a vacuum cleaner. Any nooks or crannies you cannot reach with a vacuum can be cleaned using a soft duster with a handle." Sometimes we have to go even deeper and not only pray but get alone with God and His Word and fast to find those difficult to reach things that we might need emotional healing from. Such as:
  • The past
  • desertion
  • neglect
  • emptiness
  • vacancy
  • the past
  • long since abandoned by their creator
  • old age neglect
  • something that needs cleaned and wiped away

Been finding circumstances and even choices are like the spider web.  Did you ever stop and think about how that spider weaves it's web.  Yes is is a God given ability but, it begins with a single thread which forms the rest of the structure.  You can equate that to a single choice that begins a web of destruction.  The spider climbs to suitable starting place and releases its thread in the wind, with luck it catches onto something and the spider cinches the starting thread and begins weaving. Lives are like that.  A temptation dangled to see if it catches onto something in you and if it does the weaving begins and it gets harder and harder to remove.
What is the purpose of these beautiful yet nasty structures in nature?  The spider weaves a web to catch its prey.  That silky thread when you get it on you, is very difficult to get off.  It sticks to everything and is a bit stubborn about letting go.  The enemy of our soul would dangle a thread to see if he has something to attach to in order to begin weaving his web.  

According to the world wide web, 
Have you ever thought about how those webs work?  According to an article on arachnids it says: "The spider sits in the middle of its web, monitoring the radius threads for vibrations. If an insect gets caught in any part of the web, the spider will feel the motion through the radius threads and make its way to the vibration source. In this way, the web extends the spider's sensory system over a much wider area. The spider might also leave the web, to retreat to a separate nest, while monitoring the web via a connected signal line."  The spider web is very beautiful to the prey but also very hard to see.  "temptation is very beautiful to the eye and yet hard to see for what it is. It has been carefully woven and planned out so that the prey is caught before it knows it. 

The enemy of our soul is much like the spider.  He dangles a thread in the wind, testing us, he looks for weak areas that maybe we aren't as diligent to guard, he begins weaving and when the web is finished, sits and waits, testing the vibrations and our responses to the temptations, to the things put in front of us.  The spider even may go to a separate nest, making it seem it has left... only to monitor our activity with a signal line.  The Word tells us in 1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: spider, lion, the enemy waits for the prey.  Stalk, trap, devour.  

A Cob Web on the other hand is a spider web that has been left behind by spiders.  Spider web implies a fresh web probably inhabited by the spider, while a cob web has either been left behind by the spider or the spider dies. The web collects dust and lint.  Where do we find cob webs?  In abandoned areas. 

Cobwebs represent:

Sometimes we have to walk back into the past just like walking back into an abandoned house and the cobwebs are there waiting to get on you.  Sometimes we are tempted with something that we long ago thought we had completely mastered only to find out that a wisp of a cobweb, full of dust is waiting to fall on us yet again.  The Word tells us in Matthew 12:43-45  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.  (44)  Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.  (45)  Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

We have to be diligent and we have to be careful to keep our spiritual man clean.  We have to not neglect the gift that has been placed inside of us.  Paul told Timothy in 2 Tim 1: 6 to stir up the gift that was inside of him.  We have to invite the Holy Spirit to reside and do the work that only He can do.  SATAN BEGINS WEAVING HIS WEB TO TRAP YOU THE MOMENT YOU BOW YOUR KNEE AT THE ALTAR AND GET SAVED.  "Come in said the spider to the fly" in the children's book.  Sounds good, looks, good, but the spider is a destroyer. 

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